Lyric Opera Auditions

Thank you for your interest in auditioning for Lyric Opera of Chicago. Here you will find current audition opportunities across the company.

Singers and instrumentalists wishing to receive audition information from Lyric Opera of Chicago or The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center may contact the appropriate administrators as follows:

Ballet auditions

Lyric Opera of Chicago will hold auditions for solo dancers with significant stage experience for its upcoming production of Carmen, the classic opera by Georges Bizet, on Sunday, August 28, 2022. The production will be staged by critically acclaimed director Marie Lambert with choreography by Stephanie Martinez of PARA.MAR Dance Theatre.

Carmen is casting 4 male performers and 1 male cover and 4 female performers and 1 female cover. The choreographer, Stephanie Martinez, is seeking contemporary dancers with strong classical ballet training with the ability to flow between ensemble and featured roles within the evening. Seeking dancers who are curious and collaborative, with a strong sense of physical theater. Dancers of all ethnicities are encouraged to apply.

Rehearsals will begin Monday, February 13, 2023, with 8 performances running from Saturday, March 11 through Friday, April 7, 2023.

The deadline to register for the auditions is Monday, August 22, at 5:00pm CT

The schedule for Sunday, August 28, 2022, is as follows:

9:00am - Check in: must arrive by 9:30 am
10:00am - Warm-up class
11:00am - Auditions begin: should conclude no later than 5:00pm, likely early

Due to COVID-19, Lyric has implemented a mandatory vaccination policy. Applicants must show proof of vaccination, including a booster shot if eligible, in order to audition. We will keep applicants/hires updated if the policy changes.

For further information on audition requirements and registration, please email your résumé, headshot, and proof of vaccination via attachment to Auditions will be by invitation only.

Please be prepared to show a government-issued photo identification card to gain access to the auditions. All applicants must have valid eligibility to work in the United States. Lyric Opera will not apply for working permits for foreign dancers.

Artists at Lyric Opera of Chicago are represented by the American Guild of Musical Artists. Should you be hired for Carmen you will be required to join this union, if you are not already a member.

Lyric Opera of Chicago is committed to creating a diverse work environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Lyric Opera of Chicago does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, gender identity, religion, sexual orientation, age, disability, parental status, veteran status, or any other protected status under applicable laws. We encourage individuals of all backgrounds to apply.

Ryan Opera Center auditions

Applications for The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center 2023/24 Ensemble are now closed. For questions about the Ryan Opera Center's application and audition process, please contact Susanna McNatt, Ryan Opera Center Manager,, 312-827-3510.

Lyric Unlimited auditions

There are no Lyric Unlimited auditions currently scheduled.

Solo artists

Lyric grants auditions for principal roles to professional opera singers on an invitation-only basis. The artist's management should contact Lyric's Artistic Administrator or email with requests for an audition.


There are no chorus auditions currently scheduled.


There are no orchestra auditions currently scheduled.

If you are interested in being considered for Lyric Opera of Chicago's "substitute" musicians list, you may send your résumé at any time.

If you would like to be considered as a substitute musician, or would like more information regarding the open position(s) within the orchestra, please email with inquiries.

Music staff

Lyric Opera of Chicago's music staff consists of cover conductors, répétiteurs, and prompters. If you you like to be considered for a position on Lyric Opera's music staff, please email your résumé and references to If you are interested in cover conducting and have conducting reels available to you, please be sure to include them.

Alternate contact information is:
Lyric Opera of Chicago
Music Staff Auditions
20 N. Wacker Drive, Ste. 860
Chicago, IL 60606

Musical theater

There are no musical theater auditions currently scheduled.

Seasonal artists

Some productions may require individuals with special talents to perform on stage, including:

  • Ballet

  • Children's Chorus

  • Supernumeraries ("extras")

  • Actors

Auditions for these roles are conducted on an "as needed" basis only; to find out about current/upcoming opportunities, please call the Audition Hotline at 312.827.3548.


Lyric Opera of Chicago will hold virtual auditions for solo dancers with significant stage experience for its upcoming production of Fire Shut Up In My Bones by Terence Blanchard, based on the book by Charles M. Blow.

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Supernumerary auditions

To obtain an information packet about becoming a supernumerary at Lyric Opera of Chicago, please send your information to Bill Walters, super captain, at

For additional information, please call the supernumerary hotline at 312.827.3538.

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